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Week in Geek: Windows XP Keeps on Fighting, Refuses to Die Quietly

This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as 600,000+ Macs have been infected with Flashback malware, social media websites are useful tools for modern burglars, Microsoft was one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel in 2011, and more.

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  • Published 04/8/12

Comments (10)

  1. Jim

    Need a proggy that can send e-mails in a delayed sequence (10 today, 10 tomorrow…….)
    Any one have any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Jim

  2. Apple Pie A La Mode

    You Mac heads may want to perk up and read the stories about the Flashback bot infections going around.

    Still think your OSX platform is “immune” to viruses? (Keep burring your heads…)

  3. George

    I had a hard time explaining to my uncle that he should install a security program on his Mac.

  4. r

    Most OSX users have a degree of virus-denial cuz they believe that they are invulnerable to PC malware, which is true –they are vulnerable to Mac malware.

  5. wako

    Windows XP should die already. Nowadays, it’s very dangerous to run such dinosaur OS especially in a work place where life is busier and security is tighter; something that Windows XP could not provide anymore. In our workplace, the use of outdated OS is strictly prohibited since they don’t receive security updates. Additionally, as a developer, creating programs for an outdated OS is much of a headache.

  6. LadyFitzgerald

    @ Wako. So, are you going to pay everyone to upgrade from XP, including new computers, printers, scanners, software, etc.?

  7. r

    I think what wako is suggesting is that XP has outlived its usefulness; that it’s inferior & risky to use in most professional environments, and he’s correct in this regard. Although security is no longer supported by Microsoft, it can be made relatively secure by third party software, but this has to be constantly maintained to be effective. To be honest, I’ve removed XP from any remaining office computers too, but I don’t think that life is any busier & security any tighter than before. That’s just a grand generalization.

    For the individual user, however, this is all based on concerns regarding need & affordability. It’s not dangerous to run XP if you reinforce security, something which easily used to be done in auto updates.

  8. coolkid3245

    Why Win XP never die in indonesia : Way faster for gaming than W7

  9. DaFoo

    win XP is not faster for gaming than Windows 7. I’ll never understand the stupid comments made by XP die-hards.

  10. coolkid3245

    @DaFoo umm.. first, im NOT XP die-hards. (or whatever that is.) second, i DONT use XP, all local internet rentals use them.

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